Tuesday, September 18, 2012

Health update #9

It seems so long ago since I started doing these health updates.  I accomplished a few new milestones.  I reached the 195 milestone today.  Meaning that I've lost about 15 pounds since I started this journey.  I am feeling a whole lot better.  I'm typically someone who doesn't want to give up on something, but that CPA exam was just killing me.  Spending 2 hours exercising rather than 2 hours sitting and studying makes a huge difference in losing weight.

Finished eating at Thai 9 downtown Dayton...level 9
Another feat that I accomplished was eating at Thai 9 all the way cranked up to level 9.  I was given a unique opportunity to eat the hottest level for free.  I'm a big fan of freedom...I think it helps in your personal goals obtain life, liberty, and pursuit of happiness.  Since free is the root word...I took that opportunity to gain my independence.

The heat level made the meal not taste as good as it could have tasted, but I didn't even break a sweat.  Although I did have about 10 glasses of water throughout the meal, and it took me a solid 1/2 hour to eat...which is a very long time for someone who eats pretty quickly.  Probably would have normally finished food that size in about 5 minutes.

I am glad that I got to have this meal with some pretty great company.  Probably 98% of the people I work with I really like...2 out of 100 isn't too bad.  I can live with those stats.  Don't be afraid to try something new. 

Tuesday, September 11, 2012

September 11, 2001 Where We Were

Any time there is a major event like what happened this date 11 years ago, you seem to never forget where you were at that moment in time.  I remember when challenger blew up, I was in Elementary school watching the launch.  I certainly remember where I was when the towers were hit.

During September 11, 2001 I was in the Army eating breakfast at the time with PFC Lu Nyguen and SPC Rohan Henry.  My first words were...looks like we are going to Iraq.  Once I finished eating and went to my workplace, I proceeded to work 12 hour days for a month.  I was nervous at the time for several reasons.  One of them of course would be possible deployment.  Another was my wife was suppose to come to America on a K-1 Visa to get married with me in October.  We thought it might get delayed because of what happened.  Fortunately, I wasn't deployed and my wife made it to America and we got married shortly after she arrived.

Many people died that day, and in the days to follow.  For those who experienced this event will never forget.  I'm certain in the future questions will still be asked...why would this happen?  An answer I'll never know.  I can never fully comprehend why people kill total strangers.  I can possibly understand domestic violence...but killing strangers is utter insanity in my opinion.  Although I was in the Army...fortunately I never had to face such a bizarre situation.  Most people who had to endure war do not openly talk about these situations.  Why?  Because war is awful.  The pinnacle of what is wrong with humanity lies in war.  The Fallout simulation series says it best...war never changes.

Although this day brought much sadness, hate, and killing into the world...for me it did bring some joy.  For my first born daugther was born on following day.

Sunday, September 2, 2012

Health update - 8

I've been trudging along trying to lose weight though diet and exercise.  I must admit that I do feel better.  I feel like I have more energy for the most part, however, I didn't lose a single pound for what seemed like 2 months.  This is very frustrating, and one of the reasons why I did not post any health updates.  I suppose since I'm not eating like horse anymore, and exercising daily the weight had to come off.  Good news is it has!

At my peak weight I must have been around 210, and now I'm down to 198.  I've been exercising everyday with the exception of Saturday.  I walk/run for 1 hour a day, and have been playing basketball on Tuesdays and Thursdays.

Some records that I have met are the following.

  • I did increase my pushup count to 25 using the perfect pushup.
  • Ran my first 5k in a very long time.  Finished in about 35 minutes.
  • Ran one mile in 7:51
I managed to get into one of my suits just in time for an awards banquet at my workplace.  It is really tough not having any progress losing weight for two months.  I've tried losing weight with Atkins and it seemed the weight came off the quickest.  However, I gained the weight back within 6 months.  The treadmill that my wife wanted has been a real blessing in continuing to exercise.  I've gone as far to say that we should sell the couches and get a pair of bikes.  This way you can watch TV only if you exercise.

For those who are struggling to lose weight, the biggest thing that has helped me is being consistant.  Consistantly exercise and be aware of what you are putting in your mouth.  Putting more in during lunch means putting less in during dinner, or exercising even more.  Remember, the incline is your friend.  Good luck!